Can DeMarco Murray have another big season? If you listen to coach Mike Mularkey, you might think so. Mularkey said this offseason that Murray was his "workhorse" and wasn't worried about him breaking down or losing too much work to second-year power rusher Derrick Henry. But Murray, 29 years old, has 1,464 career carries and 271 career catches after just six seasons. Maybe he's not a candidate to break down, but he certainly isn't quite as fresh as he once was. That said, Murray has crossed the 1,400-total-yard and 10-touchdown marks in three of his last four seasons, benefitting from good offensive lines and run-oriented offenses like the one he'll be in this fall. That cannot be ignored either. In a perfect world, or in an auction, taking Murray and Henry as a tandem would be the easy move. But in drafts, taking both means spending two of your first six or seven picks on teammates. That's an expensive price to pay. You don't have to take both -- if you believe in Murray then you should grab him in late Round 2 or early Round 3. If you don't believe in Murray, then Henry should be high on your wish list with a Round 6 or 7 selection.
Murray (finger) was held out of practice Tuesday, The Tennessean reports. Murray, who recently underwent a procedure to correct a finger issue that had bothered him since early last season, has now ditched the cast on his hand and is sporting a splint on his right ring finger. He's expected to be ready for training camp, per Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site.
Murray (finger) is expected to have his cast removed Monday, NFL.com's Tiffany Blackmon reports. It turns out that Murray, who was reported to have undergone hand surgery this week, actually went under the knife to repair the ring finger on his right hand to address an injury that dates back to Week 2 of last season. At the time, Murray thought the finger would heal on its own, which is why he put off any sort of surgical procedure until the offseason. No matter, the injury is not considered serious, and Murray is expected to return to full form by training camp.
Murray recently had a minor procedure performed on his right hand, but is expected to be back for training camp, Jim Wyatt of Titans Online reports. The specifics of the procedure weren't released, but it doesn't sound like anything serious. Murray could be out of his cast by Monday, so he shouldn't miss extensive time. Coach Mike Mularkey already indicated earlier this offseason that he expects Murray to be "the guy" this year and this recent procedure isn't expected to change that, as Murray should be good to go ahead of training camp.
Head coach Mike Mularkey considers Murray (foot) to be "the guy" in the Titans' backfield, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports. "He has shown he is the guy and he will continue to be that guy," Mularkey said Wednesday. Mularkey was asked whether 2016 second-round pick Derrick Henry will be a bigger part of the offense next season, to which the head honcho expressed his support of Murray as the main man. Henry is an insurance policy in the event Murray suffers an injury, but the latter didn't miss one game in his first campaign with the Titans, despite coming down with a torn plantar plate in his right foot in Week 8. Mularkey is a proponent of "a one-two punch to smash it down peoples' throats," so the 29-year-old Murray may yield some touches at times to his younger counterpart. Considering Mularkey's other comments, though, a healthy Murray should be the recipient of 20-plus touches per game, as he was on 11 occasions last year.
Murray may undergo offseason surgery on the torn plantar plate in his right foot, The Tennessean reports. "It's just all about rest, and if it feels good after some time, then I think we'll skip the surgery," Murray said Monday. "But if not, I think that's something that [Titans director of sports medicine] Todd [Toriscelli] and those guys will have to decide, and we'll come up with a game plan. It just all depends on how I feel after a couple weeks." Murray was running roughshod over the league during the first two months of the season, reaching the century mark on the ground four times in the first eight games. In the final outing of that run, though, he injured his foot and was variously listed with either foot or toe ailments for the remainder of the campaign. With regard to that part of the body, the plantar plate is a ligament structure that stabilizes toes in one's feet, hence the fluctuation between foot and toe on those injury reports. Once the prescribed period of rest is complete, it appears as if Murray and the Titans will come to a conclusion regarding the lingering issue, despite head coach Mike Mularkey not knowing a procedure was potentially on the table as of Monday.
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